Rain... It's not a completely inaccurate summary of Wales, and although it's missing some of the nuances of this mountainous and friendly part of the UK, it's true that it rains a lot in Wales. And yet, there are the occasional sunny days that open up the blue skies and the mist drifts away. On a day like this, there are very few places in the world as peaceful and natural as the Brecon Beacons in Wales.
This is an area in the South-Eastern part of Wales, and really the name refers to a relatively small mountain range near to a small town called Brecon. But when people generally refer to the Brecon Beacons, they are talking about Pen Y Fan and the Brecon Beacons National Park and the fantastically natural and unspoiled areas around here. The national park is more than 1300 square kilometres of rolling plains, tall hills and mountains and fresh streams and lakes. There are also a small number of beautifully quaint villages (like Brecon itself) that are lost in history.
If walking for hours is not exactly appealing to you, there is a slightly easier way to get around! The Brecon Mountain Railway is fantastic for several reasons, the primary one being that people can access parts of the park without needing to expend too much energy. The Railway opens up the national park to those who otherwise would miss out. Not only that, the railway also means that there is basically no need for cars inside the national park, and so also cuts down on any environmental damage from drivers. The roughly seven kilometre route starts in Pant and goes to Torpantau, which is a fantastic starting point for walks further into the park.
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